International action dominates FIFA.com’s latest stats review, with an Australian landmark featuring alongside a Scottish hat-trick, a Norwegian youngster, a resurgent Brazil and two delirious debutants.
goals was the landmark reached by Australia in their 2-2 friendly draw with Germany last Wednesday. Captain Mile Jedinak was the man responsible for the landmark strike, curling home a superb free-kick in Kaiserslautern to edge the Socceroos 2-1 ahead. It came 93 years after Australia’s first recognised international goal, scored by Bill Maunder in Dunedin during a 1922 tour of New Zealand, with the 999 since having been spread across 508 matches, 60 countries and 120 cities. But though Jedinak’s strike looked like handing the Asian champions a famous victory, Germany – playing their 900th international match – fought back to restore parity.
Nonetheless, Joachim Low’s side have won just half of their eight matches since becoming world champions and will be concerned by a record of nine goals conceded in their last five friendly matches.